Top 5 Destinations for Incredible Last-Minute Honeymoons
Top 5 Destinations for Incredible Last-Minute Honeymoons
Planning a honeymoon could be as stressful as planning a wedding. You’re often hard-pressed to pick a place that ticks off all points in your bucket list without breaking
Planning a honeymoon could be as stressful as planning a wedding. You’re often hard-pressed to pick a place that ticks off all points in your bucket list without breaking the bank. And the timing has to be perfect. Indeed, some couples choose to delay their honeymoon for a number of reasons. But you can’t postpone indefinitely, or else it will be no longer be a honeymoon.
Yet even if you’ve planned everything right down to the last detail, there is always a chance that something could go wrong. Think of cancelled flights, schedule conflicts, natural disasters, and, more recently, travel restrictions. Would you stall your honeymoon, or would you switch to plan B?
Whether you’re making 11th -hour changes to your plan or finally going on a honeymoon after several delays, you shouldn’t settle for a lesser experience. Here are five incredible last-minute honeymoon destinations that don’t feel like last-minute options.
Set on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is one of the foremost destinations for beach lovers. If you love soaking up the sun and watching sunsets, this beautiful Balkan country is for you. Croatia boasts 2715 hours of sunshine a year and some of the best sunsets in the world. The beaches themselves are not only stunning but something you are not likely to find anywhere else. One of its most famous beaches, Zlatni Rat, shifts in colour and shape depending on the wind.
Sailing is one of the best activities to do in Croatia. You can join an open-for-all yacht party or splurge on a private tour. After all, the waters surrounding Croatia are stunning and peppered with over a thousand islands and isles. There are ones with big names such as Brac, Krk, Hvar, and Veliki Brijuni, which hosted celebrities Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Sophia Loren. Others, such as Mjet, Dugi Oto and Vis, are less known but equally charming and offer a crowd-free getaway.
For a bit of history and architecture, stroll on Bogovićeva Street in Zagreb, explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik, visit Diocletian’s Palace in Split. And what is a honeymoon without wine? Sample the finest wines the country has to offer, including Plavac Mali, Malvazija Istarska, and Borgonja. While you are at it, try licitar, heart-shaped honey dough biscuits, given as declarations of love.
The Emerald Isle is notoriously known for its rain. But what it lacks in sunny days and balmy beaches, it makes up for its charismatic culture, captivating countryside, and charming castles – lots of them.
In Ireland, you can experience royal accommodations, literally. Stay in a restored castle and feel like you are living a fairytale happy-ever-after. If you like some light adventures in the great outdoors, the country has plenty to offer, including fishing and paddling in the lakes or biking and hiking on the quiet country lanes. The long stretch of Irish coastline features hidden coves and sandy bays, perfect for lounging and beachcombing.
See as much of the country as you can on a scenic drive along the coastal Wild Atlantic Way or around the Ring Kerry. Be amazed by the rugged and lush coastal landscape dotted with sleepy seaside villages and free-roaming wildlife. Make a trip to the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher, the limestone pavement of Burren, the Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, and the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Drop by Killarney National Park to explore its collection of hills, mountains, lakes, woods, and waterfalls.
When in Ireland, you should not miss touring Dublin, or at least the Guinness Factory, famous for its historic brewery, liquor tastings, and rooftop bar. For an upscale date night, dine at the two Michelin star restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud.
The Galapagos Islands
Do you love nature? There is nothing more romantic than going on a luxury cruise to one of the world’s best destinations for wildlife exploration, the Galapagos. Located roughly 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador, the archipelago is isolated and makes the perfect setting for a quiet and intimate getaway.
On a small cruise ship, supplied by a reputable river cruise company, like Rainforest Cruises, you can reach the remotest places of the islands and discover an unspoiled wealth of incredible flora and fauna. There are sea lions sunning on the shores and marine iguanas diving into the sea. You will find giant tortoises that weigh up to 660-lbs and grow 4-ft long and the Galapagos penguins, the only species found north of the equator. You can watch blue-footed boobies dancing to attract their lifetime mate and spot elegant pink flamingos catching fish in a saltwater lagoon.
There are other exhilarating activities on the islands, including snorkeling, diving, biking, and hiking. While the Galapagos is widely known for its wildness, it never lacks luxuries and the finer things in life. After a long day of excursion, head back to your luxury lodge or beachfront villa, dip in the pool or go for a relaxing massage before enjoying a sumptuous dinner under the stars.
From sun-drenched beaches to scenic landscapes and sinfully delicious flavours, Mexico is the perfect setting for beating all that post-wedding stress. The country has a plethora of honeymoon destinations and picking one could be challenging because you would want to experience it all.
Head to Acapulco if you want somewhere laid-back with hidden coves and small islands accessible only by motorboats. For an adrenaline-pumping adventure with a touch of history, go to Cancun and enjoy its variety of water sports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and windsurfing. You can also explore the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Uxmal-Merida, swim with dolphins at Xcaret Waterpark or venture into a 1,700-feet-long underground river.
For a secluded jungle retreat, visit Sayulita, where you can stay in a treehouse suite overlooking a vast canopy of trees. Travel to Playa del Carmen and indulge in ultimate luxury aboard a lavish yacht. Take a trip to the UNESCO-listed colonial city of San Miguel de Allende to delve deeper into Mexican culture and history. If you want thrilling sea adventures, check out Holbox, where you can swim with sharks between May to September. If you’re looking for an adventure on your trip, consider heading to Isla Mujeres. You can charter a private catamaran from Cancun. You will have plenty of time explore this beautiful island and learn about its history through tours included with your charter.
The Lake District
There was a time when only nature lovers, avid hikers, and families on a day out visited the Lake District. Now the Lakeland is emerging as a premier getaway for newlyweds, with honeymoon tours becoming more popular and in demand.
You can bask in the romantic ambiance of the Lake District by merely visiting the home of poet William Wordsworth or retracing his steps around Lake Grasmere. Enjoy a dreamy cruise on a Steam Yacht Gondola, take afternoon tea in a country house, or indulge in a spa break in Windermere.
For an action-filled adventure, climb to the peak of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, or conquer the Helvellyn summit via the dramatic Striding Edge. Get on the lakes and paddle in Coniston Waters, kayak in Ullswater, or wild swim in Derwentwater. For a mesmerising panoramic view of the district, float over the region on a hot air balloon Fortunately, you have plenty of choices, from waterside cottages to country houses to glam boutique Lake District hotels. Because you are on your honeymoon, it matters where you stay in the Lakes.
Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.